Marisa Debowsky, Executive Director
Marisa's work at Mathcamp combines her passions for mathematics, community building, and enrichment and mentoring for gifted students. She began her career as an early-college student at Mary Baldwin University, receiving her B.S. at age 16, and then continued on to receive her M.S. at age 18 and pursue research in mathematics. Throughout her time in academia, she participated in outreach programs for talented young mathematicians, and began teaching at Mathcamp in 2006. She joined the year-round Mathcamp staff in 2008 and now directs the organization's program operations, alumni support, recruitment, and fundraising.
Beyond her role as Executive Director, Marisa serves on the summer faculty and as summer co-director at Mathcamp. Marisa's main mathematical interests are topological graph theory and combinatorics, which she teaches at camp. Outside of the classroom, she sings pop/rock music with the campers in the Kernel, Mathcamp's contemporary a cappella group.
Kevin Carde, Assistant Director and Chief Technical Officer
Kevin Carde has felt at home at Mathcamp ever since his first summer teaching there in 2011. Almost immediately, he began volunteering for Mathcamp as a software developer while juggling his responsibilities teaching calculus and working on his PhD at the University of Michigan. After finishing his PhD in 2014, Kevin officially signed on to work year-round for Mathcamp.
Kevin's main mathematical interests are combinatorics and complex analysis, both of which he regularly teaches at camp, but he also shares his non-mathematical interests with Mathcamp. He brings his complete collection of Chopin piano sheet music and is always eager to accompany student singers, violinists, and anyone else. As a frequent puzzler (solving the New York Times and Guardian crosswords almost every day and the MIT Mystery Hunt every year since 2006), Kevin is often involved in writing the Mathcamp Puzzle Hunt.
Susan Durst, Summer Co-Director
Susan Durst has been teaching at Mathcamp since 2008, and has been a Summer Co-Director since 2014. Susan received her PhD from Rutgers University in 2013, and is now on the faculty of Proof School. Her mathematical interests include noncommutative rings and combinatorics. Visit Susan's website.
One of Mathcamp's greatest assets is its 4:1 student-staff ratio. The summer staff includes undergraduates, graduate students, professors and visiting scholars – all of whom live on campus and are always available to interact with students, be it chatting about math over lunch or playing a pick-up game of soccer on the quad. Read more about the 2017 Staff.